Friday, May 22, 2015

Holiday Hours for May-July 2015

In observance of Memorial Day, we will be closed this Sunday and Monday. The Sunday morning class on Muhammad (pbuh) will not be meeting this weekend. We hope your weekend is sunny and warm and we look forward to seeing you throughout the rest of the week.

In other news, Ramadan is fast approaching and with it our holiday hours. While we encourage you to visit, during the month of Ramadan our hours will be Sundays from 10AM through 3PM and Monday through Friday from 10AM through 6PM. We will also be closed July 17th in observance of Eid.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Women's Networking Brunch - Spiritual Motherhood!

May is the month to celebrate the amazing women that brought us into this world and with that in mind, the MMWC will be hosting a very special networking brunch in honor of Mothers everywhere. Please join us to celebrate motherhood in all its shapes and colors.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

New Children's World Language Books

Interested in improving your Arabic? Have a child learning Arabic? Interested in reading an Arabic interpretation of some classic English children's books? Are you actually a native Arabic speaker longing for the lyrical letters of your native land? Look no further.

Okay, enough with the purple-prose advertising. I really am excited to announce that in our constant quest to improve and expand our collection into new areas we are now adding a Children's Arabic/World Languages section. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we recently acquired a couple collections of Arabic children's books. We are also in the process of attaining popular award-winning Children's picture books in Arabic, Arabic poetry books, traditional Arabic nursery rhymes, and other Arabic materials to better flesh-out this budding collection. Filled with world folk tales, children's stories, vocabulary builders and bilingual story books (so far), this section will be filled with materials to help Arabic language learners practice reading this beautiful language and returning enthusiasts dust off their latent abilities and read some amazing new books.

We are starting with some basics, stories that English speakers will recognize to help bolster understanding of the Arabic language. The idea is that if you understand the basics of what is happening within the stories, even if you don't understand all of the words, you can figure out what they mean by the context of story.

Obviously, this comes from the perspective of the English native learning Arabic. However, eventually this collection should and will become more than just an Arabic learning collection. For those of you looking to start learning the Arabic language, our regular adult collection does contain language learning programs and additional learning materials to better round out your experience. As for those of you already familiar with the Arabic script and language but perhaps may be a little rusty, both our Children's Language section and Adult Language section have materials that should help you along the way. Once more firmly established, the Children's Arabic/World Languages section, as its Adult counterpart has already begun, will also include materials on Islam in both Arabic and other languages to provide a more robust collection for all.

I hope to see you soon.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Great Ramadan Gifts for the Entire Community

It's May and that means Ramadan is almost here. Time to get your loved ones gifts to share on Eid and what better way to do that then to come over to the Islamic Resource Center? You can pick out an enlightening book, entertaining Islamic game or enchanting hijab.

Not seeing the right book or other giftable item for the special people in your lives? Let us know and maybe we can special order the item you are looking for. And now, with our newly extended hours, you can stop by at your convenience.
If you are looking for a worthy cause for donation, all donations given to the IRC are waqf. They help to stock the library shelves with new materials, maintain current materials, and keep our programs running. Without your support, we wouldn't be able to serve you.

That certainly sounds like one-stop shopping for the whole community.

Islamic Princess Books

Between the new Cinderella movie, Frozen Fever, and the media obsession with Kate Middleton's wardrobe (and whether or not she wore the same outfit twice -- GASP!), it seems the western world has gone a little Princess crazy. We at the Islamic Resource Center can relate. But who needs Disney Princesses and English nobility when we have our own?
Introducing the Princess Series from Ali Gator. These princess books teach the beautiful meaning of the 99 names of Allah. From Princess Karima the Generous and Princess Latifa the Subtle to Princess Rasheeda the Guide and Princess Aziza the Mighty, these princess books teach children the virtues and values of the Isalmic faith in beautifully illustrated books perfect for the little princesses in your lives.